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Here Are 4 Ways the Left Is Grabbing Power in America

left power america radical-house-fair-congressional-oversightThe left is setting aside constitutional norms in a ruthless power grab according to a recently retired Congressman.

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R.-Utah, who served on and chaired the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and is now a Fox News contributor, made the case that the left is using a variety of underhanded strategies to fundamentally change American elections and tilt them in their favor.

Chaffetz lays out his argument in a new book, “Power Grab: The Liberal Scheme to Undermine Trump, the GOP, and Our Republic.” He argues that the left is using underhanded strategies to fundamentally alter the nature of U.S. elections, making them less stable and subject to rigging.

Chaffetz explained his argument in a talk at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday. Here are four of the tactics he highlighted on the left.

1. Trolling at Town Halls

One of the left’s more effective tactics, Chaffetz said, is using activists and media allies to go after conservative politicians at town hall events.

That’s what happened to Chaffetz during his last term in Congress.

He said Democrats mobilized a group called Indivisible Utah, which “had a specific manual to take over a town hall meeting.’”

Their strategy was to create the impression that Chaffetz was being attacked by his own constituents on account of President Donald Trump, even though he represented a predominantly conservative district.

“[T]hey wanted to create this illusion that a conservative Republican in a safe district—who just happened to be chairman of the Oversight Committee with the newly minted president of the United States, Donald Trump—that his voters were mad,” Chaffetz said.

“It was used as a tool and a prop. They paid people to come in. There were people from all kinds of states there,” Chaffetz said. “But they wanted to create this media illusion that it was an organic Utah phenomenon in a conservative Republican’s district.”

2. Weaponizing Nonprofits for the Democratic Party

In addition, the left has been effective at manipulating loopholes to weaponize nonprofit groups, Chaffetz said.

Nonprofit groups often hire for-profit groups to do fundraising using what’s called a 990 form, and one of the most prominent fundraisers for liberal groups is Grassroots Campaigns Inc.

“They will put on t-shirts—ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood—and then they’ll start knocking on doors,” Chaffetz said.

“Planned Parenthood will say ‘Hey, we’re raising money, 50 bucks, you know, for Planned Parenthood. You with us or against us?”

The person then might reply: “Oh, I love Planned Parenthood. Yeah I’ll give you $100.’ What does that tell you about that voter? … You think they are going to vote for a Democrat or do you think they are going to vote for the Republican?”

This process allows Grassroots Campaigns Inc. to collect data on voters that can help predict voting behavior. The problem, Chaffetz said, is that people working for these groups can then carry the collected voter data when they go to work for campaigns or a political party, like the Democratic National Committee, “bypassing all of the campaign finance rules.”

3. Nationalize and Skew Elections

Another big initiative of the left, according to Chaffetz, is to change the rules of elections to stack the deck in favor of Democrats and progressives.

This strategy can be seen in the legislative priorities of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Chaffetz said:

“If you look at the priorities that they have put forward in Congress and you look through any poll that’s out there about what are the most important issues, you’re going to hear about health care, you are going to hear about the economy, you’re going to hear about immigration.”

But this isn’t what the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives prioritized.

“Why is it that Nancy Pelosi has H.R. 1, House Resolution 1 … what is her first bill? Does it have anything to do [with] Pew’s top 20 or top 50 issues? No, it doesn’t,” Chaffetz said.

“H.R. 1 is about how to reconfigure elections. [Pelosi] wants to reconstitute how we do elections in this country because it’s their calculus. This is my theory that I lay out in the book, that they have to reconfigure how we do voting in this country for them to win long-term.”

H.R. 1, which the House passed but was never brought up for a vote in the Senate, would have made a number of changes to America’s election system. Among them are mandatory voter registration, a mandate that states allow felons to vote, and a ban on states setting their own rules about voting by mail.

These are just a few of the bill’s many proposals. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the bill a “naked attempt to change the rules of American politics to benefit one party.”

4. Ballot Harvesting

A fourth strategy is the practice of “ballot harvesting,” which H.R. 1 did not address, Chaffetz said.

Ballot harvesting is when an individual doesn’t have to be present to cast a vote. Instead, their vote can be cast by someone else.

“Democrats, in legislation, have supported the idea. They want to make this [the] law everywhere you go, that you do not actually have to be present to vote,” Chaffetz said.

“Vote harvesting allows someone [to] go around … collecting ballots from all of you. [They] can go knock on your door and say, ‘I know that you didn’t get to the poll, I know that you didn’t fill out your ballot, I know it’s inconvenient for you, but if you just give me your ballot, you know, fill it out, I’ll turn it in for you.”

A lot can go wrong with this process, Chaffetz said. He noted that even in Utah, thousands of votes for Democrats are alleged to have rolled in “after the deadline.”

Ballot harvesting made a huge impact in recent California elections, where the tactic threw a huge number of House Republican seats to Democrats. Thousands of new and unexpected voters showed up to certain districts and flipped seats.

“I don’t know how you win an election in California when Democrats play by different rules than Republicans and engage in this type of vote harvesting,” Chaffetz said.


Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Jarrett Stepman

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Buddy
3 years ago

In Georgia, voters came to vote after receiving absentee ballots saying they never used them. Then they complained they were denied a vote.

Fuzzy Thinker
3 years ago

I see only a handful of elected Congressionals saying ANYTHING about these dishonest practices. Republican Leaders must get out there and install Backbone Implants. There has been progress in that some Republicans will stand up to the Media.

B Witt
3 years ago

Why do you compel me to answer as to whether I wish to subscribe EACH time? Very annoying. I’ve been a member more than just a few years

Jen
3 years ago

Why aren’t conservatives standing up to these people? As far as the Town Hall group, I would have been in their face. I find it difficult to respect the representatives who tuck tail and run. Chavitz should have stayed in office and fought.

Victoria Postelmans
3 years ago

Why is it that Dems think they can’t win unless they lie cheat and steal?

Robert Weil
3 years ago

The 1st step in halting all of the voting fraud has to be mandatory Voter Identification with picture ID and a current address. Until this becomes law, at the Federal, State and Local levels, elections can never be trusted.

Mimi
3 years ago

There is only one way that this mess is going to get fixed: The Lord says: “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land.” People of faith get on your knees, only God can change the tide!!! He will hear us if only we ask. Have faith, God put president Trump in office and He can keep him there and bring this dear nation back to our constitutional roots!! PRAY PRAY PRAY

Tom
3 years ago
Reply to  Mimi

I’m religious, and believe in God, and the here after, but if all your going to do is pray, I’m afraid, the Democtats are going to take over this United States, God gave us a brain, and he expects us to use it, so we have to literally do more than pray. VOTE..

Paula
3 years ago
Reply to  Mimi

AMEN, Mimi!! I pray every night for President Trump and VP Pence, that they will heed God’s counsel. I strongly believe that God is in control Who allows pitfalls In America to stir Christians to “Make America Great Again”.??????

Diana
3 years ago

Look Americans have been warned it has to be True Americans to put things right get rid of these socialist communist muslums atheists out of our government State and Federal and if they see someone cheating on votes turn them in immediately it is our Elections not these criminals illegals, must be a citizen of America to vote, these democratic politicians are criminals we need them held acceptable for their disgusting behavior to under mind our votes, to cheat is unacceptable must be prosecuted

johnH
3 years ago

We need to keep the electoral college, that several states have now voted to bypass this. This is just a power grab for the high populated states.
Also, can anyone explain the Acorn group that was associated with Obama & election process at that time?? Do no hear anything about Acorn anymore.

Gulliver
3 years ago

It’s nice to think that they would be exposed and then expect something to happen. But it won’t. The Clintons have yet to be punished for the many evils they have done including murder. The Obamas have yet to be punished for all the crimes against the constitution they committed. The democrat party is now a Godless party of socialists made up of evil and wicked people whose only goal is to socialize America by any means possible. Since they have no morals, honor, honesty, integrity, or character, they are free to do what it takes to push their agenda without worrying about consequences. America has yet to see just how evil they can become.

Diana Erbio
3 years ago

We must reach the next generations with knowledge about how our constitution and how our government is structured to protect our individual rights. Free stuff sounds good…but there is a cost, and that cost is individual freedom! ??

Caryn
3 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Spot on!

PaulE
3 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Been preaching and doing that solution here for years. It works surprisingly well when done as discussing how our liberties and constitutional principles are applied in practical ways to create better outcomes for young people. That is what holds their attention and gets them to view things differently from the nonsense they have been indoctrinated with in our public schools. Getting them to actually think and not simply recite the socialist talking points that have been drilled into their heads.

I have also heard every excuse in the book from people in our generation, who really don’t want to be bothered doing anything. You would be amazed at the ludicrous reasons I’ve heard from people over the years as to why they CAN’T get off their behinds to do simple, local out-reach to the younger generations. Too many people in our generation love to complain, but very, very few are actually willing to do anything productive themselves to try and correct the situation.

In a very real sense, our generation basically sat passively by as the left systemically targeted the public education system at the creation of the Education Department to be the central point from which to do wholesale indoctrination of the youth of this country. A very effective attack from within with little to no active push-back from the majority of the public over decades. Now with Millennials and Gen Z’ers now poised to become the majority voting block in this country in the next 2 to 4 years, suddenly a lot of folks in our age group are waking up to the very real possibility that our children and grandchildren will indeed be finally dumbed down enough to actually vote for socialism on a nation-wide scale.

Diana Erbio
3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Yes, it’s up to we the people to spread the word about freedom, our history, & why capitalism works & socialism doesn’t. ??

Meem
3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Check out Hillsdale college for their free Constitution course and other offers they have to spread the word of the Republic and how it works, and how to use that knowledge for good rather than evil.

carol
3 years ago

Democrats have never cared for rules…unless those rules favor them and their addiction to power and control. The folks that buy into this lying leftist crap are the ones we need to reach. Unfortunately, most leftist I run into are so indoctrinated, they refuse to listen and facts don’t matter. Sad!

Deb Day
3 years ago

Living in Oregon, the “you can only vote by mail state”, gives me insight into the manipulation allowed. When you get a driver’s license, you are automatically registered to vote and will receive ballots. The legislature recently allowed illegals licensing. Or you can go online and register to vote, supplying the bare minimum of information, and then “swearing upon penalty of the law” that you are legal, allowed to vote, etc. People vote at college and at home. Non-existent people vote, people in care homes have their votes stolen. Returned as undeliverable, moved, etc., ballots are kept in the archives of the Multnomah county election headquarters instead of destroyed. Hmmm, what do you think happens to them?? Odd how I go to bed election night with a conservative winning the race or a ballot measure sure to fail and then come morning the vote in Multnomah county has turned the election upside down. Liberals have literally taken over the voting apparatus in this state. It will never see conservative victories again until the current system is dismantled and returned to something honest.

El Ey
3 years ago
Reply to  Deb Day

How can the conservatives fight back? Will they just sit back and accept the lawlessness of the democrats?

Meem
3 years ago
Reply to  El Ey

I will be present at the ballot counts in every election day in my county. I think this is where the problem is, at least in SW Washington State. Same thing happened in Grays Harbor County in the 1980s when “surprise! we just found 8 ballot boxes in the basement of the courthouse” and that totally turned around a local election to the Democrats… I no longer live there… But that was one more straw that turned me around to voting Independent rather than Democrat. I now lean strongly toward Republican. Here, though, you have to declare one party or the other… No independents allowed… no green party, no libertarian no nothin’ else. To me, that is unconstitutional but we’ve had a host of really money grubbing politicians in Olympia/Seattle in the past 3 decades or longer…

Karen
3 years ago

The only one we truly should be worried about is how they are skewing elections (while at the same time trying to impeach the President for “interfering” in elections). Everything else they do will be proven when people actually vote. A LOT of people in the silent majority who feel they have lost their free speech as far as being able to freely say they support Trump, except when we vote. They are trying to break the back of our economy and our constitution and turn us into socialists, and if they can mess with elections, I can’t think of anything at that point we will be able to do to stop this evil, except pray, pray, pray.

chaly
3 years ago

The LEFT today is a mirror of Communism and if we do not recognize this FACT we are in trouble. Your freedoms will be gone. Don’t be suckered by all of the free sht they are promising you. Not gonna happen!

Tom
3 years ago
Reply to  chaly

That’s right, once they are in office and don’t follow through with what they promised, what are you going to do, their already in office. So don’t believe their BS, don’t vote for them.

Jeanne
3 years ago
Reply to  chaly

Exactly right.Wise up people!

Dee
3 years ago

I hope it all gets exposed and stopped. this is illegal tampering with our votes. they are a threat to everyone. Political correctness be gone, call it as it is. We have to rise to the occasion even in our own communities and stand up for what is right. We don’t want Communism/Socialism here and look at Hong King flying American flags for the freedoms we have. We need more big mouths that are not afraid to shout out and counteract these terrorists liberals.

Rick J.
3 years ago

If the democrats regain power, this nation will never see free and fair elections again. Those of us who
care about the nation must become engaged and fight back. If we don ‘t our children and grandchildren
will be living in a socialist nation. Hate to say it but we are in a due or die situation. WAKE UP and FIGHT BACK!!!

Brenda Blunt
3 years ago

Another reason to vote this scoundrels out of office and place them all in jail!! We do not need a dictator ! We are a free country.allowed to vote however we please!!

J. FARLEY
3 years ago

WE LOST AMERICA THE DAY OBAMA TOOK OFFICE , BECAUSE THE MEDIA STOPPED BEING THE WATCHDOG AND BECAME PART OF
THE ENABLERS , ALONG WITH THE RICH AND POWERFUL LIKE SOROS , BLOOMBERG AND STEYER , THEIR MONEY WILL BUY , CITY , COUNTY AND STATE LEADERS ALONG WITH RINO’S LIKE SENATOR’S TOOMEY AND ROMNEY WE WILL NEVER SEE THE REAL AMERICA AGAIN THAT I GROW UP IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeanne
3 years ago
Reply to  J. FARLEY

Evil can triumph only when good men and women do nothing. Do not give up. Hope and Prayer and whatever else is necessary.

Courtney Olson
3 years ago
Reply to  J. FARLEY

That United States doesn’t exist anymore.

El Ey
3 years ago
Reply to  Courtney Olson

Please don’t lose hope. There is a much greater power than these lying degenerates. Look up to the heavens and say a prayer.

John Wesley
3 years ago
Reply to  El Ey

The only hope for us, as individuals, is in Heaven as the “just do something, do something, and free everything, free everything” crowd is in control here in America.

Ed LaPinskas
3 years ago
Reply to  J. FARLEY

This is how David Bratt lost his seat in VA to some former CIA scum bucket who got 2 X the funding from the outside. And even at that the scum bucket ( D ) barely won.

rpc
3 years ago
Reply to  J. FARLEY

The media has not been a watchdog for decades. The 2 party system is a sham – a dog and pony show. Until Trump, they gave us 2 globalist owned puppets, so they could not lose. Their only defeat was Trump being elected and that is why they are relentless against Trump and that is why I love the guy!

TomB
3 years ago

We can complain, analyze, predict, and suggest all we want to, but the Left engages in these practices because they are allowed to. Yes, they have the media on their side and that’s a big factor helping to drive the narrative in their favor. But there is no “aggressive” opposition from the other party, not only from the leaders, but also the people. Incumbents are still elected over 90% of the time. At first the left simply twisted the truth to silence highly controversial topics they disagreed with and promote radical topics they were in favor of. When they experienced weak or limp opposition to these tactics, the Left became more brazen and now simply ignore any disagreement to their positions by disregarding any opposition. The “contrarian” State of California is a good example where ignoring our laws along with Judicial corruption are a way of life. The “Russian Collusion” investigation, selective legal treatment of the people involved, and delay tactics used during the investigation, is another example. The “Swamp” is very large and although he works hard in opposing the “Swamp”, President Trump needs help. Republican leaders need to step up and realize that winning an election is only the beginning … you’ll be remembered for your behavior afterward.

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